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FIA WEC: 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas preview

Photo: Chris Smith
With the FIA World Endurance Championship’s third annual 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas now just 8 days away (Sept. 19) as part of Lone Star Le Mans weekend at COTA it seemed like a good time to dust off the tops of the season points standings in the various classes and provide a few notes regarding the season so far.

A 6-hr race win scores 25 points, with 18 for second, and 15 for third, etc. Points are doubled for the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The COTA race is the first of four remaining 6-hr contests, with subsequent races at Fuji (Oct. 11), Shanghai (Nov. 1), Bahrain (Nov. 21).

Now to the standings…

 

Prototype:

95 – Andre Lotterer (Germany), Benoit Treluyer (France), Marcel Fassler (Switzerland); #7 Audi R18 e-tron quattro Hybrid

78 – Brendon  Hartley (New Zealand), Mark Webber (Australia), Timo Bernhard (Germany); #17 Porsche 919 Hybrid

Webber: “When I first made the decision to continue racing after I’d finished in F1, it was a no-brainer to come and drive for Porsche because it is such a famous brand on and off track and for me to race with these guys it’s a real pleasure, the spirit in the camp is incredible. We are still quite a new team and we are still learning a lot every day.”

76 – Marc Lieb (Germany), Neel Jani (Switzerland), Romain Dumas (France); #18 Porsche 919 Hybrid

Notes: The points-leading Audi won the first two events of the year – Silverstone and Spa – but then finished third at both Le Mans and Nurburgring. The #17 Porsche has been gaining momentum all season; winning the pole but finishing out of the points at Silverstone, taking third at Spa, second at Le Mans, and the win at Nurburgring. Its #18 sister car has finished second in all of the 6-hr races so far, but only fifth at Le Mans.

 

GT:

73 – Richard Lietz (Austria); #91 Porsche Team Manthey 911 RSR

72 – Davide Rigon (Italy), James Calado (Great Britain); #71 AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia

62.5 - Gianmaria Bruni (Italy), Toni Vilander (Finland); #51 AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia

Notes: Lietz finished second in class at Silverstone and Spa, and fifth at Le Mans, before winning at Nurburgring. Co-driver Michael Christensen did not race with Lietz at Spa, his spot taken by Frederic Makowiecki. Christensen was racing for Porsche at the Tudor United SportsCar Championship event at Laguna Seca. The #71’s best finish of the season has been a second at Le Mans. Bruni and Vilander won at Silverstone and earned 1.5 points by winning the pole and drving the fastest lap at Nurburgring before stopping on track.

 

LMP2:

104 – Matthew Howson (Great Britain), Richard Bradley (Great Britain); #47 KCMG Oreca 05-Nissan

89 – Gustavo Yacaman (Colombia), Pipo Derani (Brazil), Ricardo Gonzalez (Mexico); #28 G-Drive Racing Ligier JS P2-Nissan

82 – Julian Canal (France), Roman Rusinov (Russia), Sam Bird (Great Britain) #26 G-Drive Racing Ligier JS P2-Nissan

Notes: Howson and Bradley have put up back-to-back wins at Le Mans and Nurburgring. The #28 G-Drive won at Spa and the #26 at Silverstone.

 

GT Am:

106 – Aleksey Basov (Russia), Andrea Bertolini (Italy), Victor Shaytar (Russia); #72 SMP Racing Ferrari 458 Italia

81 – Emmanuel Collard (France), Francois Perrodo (France), Rui Aguas (Portugal); #83 AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia

71 – Matthias Lauda (Austria), Paul Dalla Lana (Canada), Pedro Lamy (Portugal); #98 Aston Martin Racing Vantage V8

Notes: SMP’s consecutive wins at Le Mans and Nurburgring combined with its overall consistency have staked it to the biggest point-lead of any class. The Aston won the first two races of the year, while the AF Corse entry has yet to win but has put up double-digit points each race.

 

LMP1 Manufacturers:

184 – Porsche

151 – Audi

89 - Toyota

Notes: Defending champion Toyota’s only podium this year has been a third in the opening race at Silverstone. Porsche has won the pole at every event.

 

LMGTE Manufacturers (Pro and Am):

166 – Ferrari

142 – Porsche

106 – Aston Martin

Notes: Aston Martin has won GT pole at three of the four events so far.

 

Watch highlights from the 6 Hours of Nurburgring below…

 

 

 

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